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  2. Wait time before driving after application?

    Cure time is very quick with Opti-Seal but dependent on heat, humidity, etc. 30 minutes would be good.
  3. After applying a coat of Opti-Seal, should I wait a certain period of time before exposing to sun, rain, etc.? Or can I basically drive off as soon as I've finished and cleaned up?
  4. 2 week old Black F-150

    But if you use good iron and tar removers claying might be not necessary.
  5. 2 week old Black F-150

    Forgot to answer...yes...its better to clay the car before you seal or wax it.
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  7. OPC as a Microfiber Washing Detergent

    Yvan says you can add 1/4 cup of Power Clean to wash microfibers...learn something new every day!
  8. Yvan talked about using OPC as a pre soak solution before the wash...meaning you pre soak your towels in a bucket of water and OPC for as long as you want. That will help break down dirt&grime before you toss it into the washing machine. As for a detergent...any liquid detergent without added scent or color will be fine. Typically look for the ones that are for sensitive skin. Dont use fabric softener...instead use vinegar.
  9. 2 week old Black F-150

    Oh sorry...I automatically assumed it was coated...my bad.
  10. OPC as a Microfiber Washing Detergent

    I've never tried OPC as a detergent and will reach out to Yvan for feedback. Frankly, I use regular laundry detergent (I am not a pro detailer) and have never had any issue.
  11. New Black F150

    Thanks a lot, as I didn’t really want to clay a brand new vehicle. Thanks,RonW.
  12. 2 week old Black F-150

    I don't think RonW indicated his truck was Coated...your maintenance schedule still applies!
  13. New Black F150

    Welcome to the Optimum Forum! I wouldn't think a new truck should need clay (unless it sat on a lot next to a manufacturing plant for a long period). Decontamination with FerreX makes sense (and is safer). One pollutant new vehicles can pick up is rail dust and FerreX is excellent at removing. Your regimen with Opti-Seal and Wax should keep you well protected.
  14. 2 week old Black F-150

    With a coated car you should be concerning yourself less and not more All you need now are maintanance washes to remove dust, dirt off the car. I suggest you do the following: Every 7-14 days: - Wash with ONR and BRS. - Dry with MF towel. You can use opti seal or car wax as a drying aid. - Spray Power clean (dilluted 1:3) on the wheels and tyres and brush & rinse them...Wash them with whatever ONR is left from the wash and then dry. Use OPT Optibond or Tyre shine on tyres. Every 6 months (before winter and before summer): - Wash with ONR and BRS. - Dry with MF towel. - Spray Ferrex on paint...let it dwell for about 3-5 min and rinse well. You can do the same with the wheels. - Clay using Opticlay and use either ONR or OCW as a clay lubricant...If you used OCW as a lubricant you can just dry and move to another panel (you have just clayed and waxed in one step). If you used ONR then just spray opti seal or OCW on the panel and dry. Thats about it. Enjoy your coating.
  15. 2 week old Black F-150

    Sorry for the double post....
  16. Hi, newbie here from New Orleans, I have a Black two week old F150 Super Crew, I purchased the following items: BIG RED SPONGE ONR OPTICLAY OPTIWAX OPTISEAL SOFT GRIP WHEEL BRUSH PLUFFLE BUNDLE EAGLE 500 RD Already had the grit guards The more I read the more overwhelming it gets, especially with all the videos. What about de-contaminating the vehicle, should I use the clay bar on a two week old vehicle or use Opti FerreX. What would be a fool proof procedure on a two week old vehicle, would it be safe to Opti Seal while drying once a month and then use the Opti wax three times a month as maintenance.
  17. Hi, newbie here from New Orleans, I have a Black two week old F150 Super Crew, I purchased the following items: BIG RED SPONGE ONR OPTICLAY OPTIWAX OPTISEAL SOFT GRIP WHEEL BRUSH PLUFFLE BUNDLE EAGLE 500 RD Already had the grit guards The more I read the more overwhelming it gets, especially with all the videos. What about de-contaminating the vehicle, should I use the clay bar on a two week old vehicle or use Opti FerreX. What would be a fool proof procedure on a two week old vehicle, would it be safe to Opti Seal while drying once a month and then use the Opti wax three times a month as maintenance.
  18. New Black F150

    Hi, newbie here from New Orleans, I have a Black two week old F150 Super Crew, I purchased the following items: BIG RED SPONGE ONR OPTICLAY OPTIWAX OPTISEAL SOFT GRIP WHEEL BRUSH PLUFFLE BUNDLE EAGLE 500 RD Already had the grit guards The more I read the more overwhelming it gets, especially with all the videos. What about de-contaminating the vehicle, should I use the clay bar on a two week old vehicle or use Opti FerreX. What would be a fool proof procedure on a two week old vehicle, would it be safe to Opti Seal while drying once a month and then use the Opti wax three times a month as maintenance. Thanks in advance, RonW.
  19. I answered this via email, but we don't recommend drying without some chemical protection. Rain will not effect Opti-Coat Pro+ and will only spot if it mixes with minerals (dirt) on your paint. In a timely fashion you can use a leaf blower to remove the water. You can use instant detailer as a drying aid, but the less you mess with the coating for 7 days the better.
  20. Power Clean on Wheels with Gloss-Coat

    Power Clean will not remove Gloss-Coat, you are safe to use it on wheels, etc. Power Clean WILL strip wax, sealant, tar, etc.
  21. New Member from NorCal

    Welcome to all things Optimum - there some truly great posters here more than willing to help.
  22. After applying Gloss-Coat to the wheels, is it safe to do regular maintenance cleaning with OPC at a 3:1 dilution? I know that Gloss-Coat is only a semi-permanent coating so I just want to make sure that I don't strip the Gloss-Coat at this dilution ratio. Thanks.
  23. I have seen the video by TRC about how to wash microfiber Towels, and Yvan talks about how he uses OPC has a microfiber detergent. Personally, I have used Micro-Restore forever, and I am wondering if OPC as a detergent is as effective. It would make purchasing chemicals a lot easier since I won't have to go to different suppliers. Please share any of your personal experiences because so far I love OPC for its many uses.
  24. Hello, I am from NorCal and I just got started in automotive detailing. I am only 16 and just bought my first car which is a 1999 Mercedes-Benz CLK 430. It is a red car and has a lot of scratches which is pretty disappointing since it makes it look very dull. I have started to learn to use all the detailing things and OPT is what I am experimenting with now. I actually really like all of the products that I have tried so far, and my car is looking a lot better without all the swirl marks. I am also learning how to vinyl wrap cars, so if anybody has some tips on this forum please do let me know.
  25. Thanks ! I'll Call my detailer tomorrow and get him to have a bottle of Hyper-Seal to sell me when i take it in for its 30 day check next week. Living in the snowbelt anything that helps get that stuff off in winter is a help. Espeially ice. Nothing makes my skin crawl more then having ice on my paint and hearing it scrape its way off the hood when driving. . If i can have it stick less then there a better chance toi get it off before i hit the road. I am going to get him to apply a coating of Opti-glass as well.
  26. You should get that, and if you use Hyper Seal as a drying aid every couple of months (spray on wet panel, then dry as usual), you will be protected all winter. Interesting phenomenon, ice and snow frequently slide off coated/sealed cars, the hydrophobic benefit.
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